The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present a First Friday Film titled “A Space Program” Friday, July 1, at 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St.

Directed by Van Neistat, “A Space Program” is a captivating introduction to internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs’ work for the uninitiated and required viewing for his longtime fans. In “A Space Program,” Sachs takes viewers on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first-person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece “Space Program 2.0: MARS,” which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.

For “Space Program 2.0: MARS,” Sachs and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage — creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately “sent” two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question … are we alone?

First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth and the Strand, presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets, $10 or $8 for museum members, are for sale at the Strand box office prior to the screening.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or